Pinellas teens behind string of violence - WFLA News Channel 8

Pinellas teens behind string of violence

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The videotaped beating in early July by three 15-year-old Lealman Intermediate School students against a 13-year-old classmate made national news.

And just seven weeks ago, in front of the Citrus Grove Apartments, St. Petersburg police say 15-year-old Latellis Everett held up a 15-year-old boy, using a semi-automatic hand gun.

And this latest incident that happened Wednesday night around 9:00 p.m. St. Petersburg police say Le'Genius Wisdom Williams got into an argument with three or four young people and then they say he got out a gun.

They say Williams, using a small caliber handgun at close range, shot a 15-year-old young man several times in the upper body.

The victim managed to make it to a house about a block away, where he pleaded for the residents to call 911.

The common thread in all three crimes: teens attacking teens.

Psychologist, Dr. Michael Greenberg is highly experienced working with teen criminals.

"These children are extremely impulsive. They are children, if you will. And their brains are not fully formed until age 21," said Dr. Greenberg.

He says young people often times, fail to think about the consequences of their actions. And he says there are often times, an underlying reason for their behavior. "The children who commit very violent acts often have a mental illness. It could be ADHD; they could have severe learning problems. Bipolar disorder," he said. 

A child's history can sometimes explain things. Like exposure to drugs in the womb, sexual abuse, violence in the neighborhood or at home. "It is possible that either they don't understand that death is final, or in the worst case, they don't care. They plenty understand but they just simply don't care," said Dr. Greenberg. 

Wednesday night's shooting victim is in serious condition.

Le'Genius Wisdom Williams turned himself in Friday afternoon and faces a single count of Attempted First Degree Murder.

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